Ottawa Craft Beer Pubs

Craft beer is a trend that has been sweeping the world as of late. Some of the best pubs in Canada that have sprung up serve some truly lip-smacking brews of their own. If you’re looking for a place to quench your thirst with a good brew in Ottawa, here are some of the best pubs to check out.

The Clocktower Brew Pub

The Clocktower Brew Pub has a couple of locations, including an outdoor spot where you can enjoy your drinks outside. A comfortable atmosphere with a great menu can be found down Elgin Street, New Edinburgh, Byward Market, Westoboro, or Glebe. This pub has some amazing brews of their own, including Raspberry Wheat beer with its summery taste. There is also the delicious Clocktower Red beer, which is made from two different types of hops and five different types of malt. This results in a nutty, coffee, chocolaty flavour.

Pub Italia

You can get pretty much any type of beer you want at this unusual pub. Pub Italia is the best of two worlds, Italy and Ireland, and this is easy to see from their menu and selection of drinks. Have a tasty pizza and drink some of the local beer, or choose from a number of imported beers from all over the world. Some of the best local beers to try here are the Double Bogie I.P.A. and the Whitewater “Farmer’s Daughter”.

Mill Street Brew Pub

In an old, rustic building by the Ottawa River, you’ll find this great microbrewery. This place has some amazing pub fare to fill your tummies, with plenty of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes at affordable prices. Check out their seasonal and year round beers. Mills Street is always coming up with new brews and blends, so you can be sure that your thirst will be satiated here.

The Cheshire Cat Pub

This family-run establishment is truly charming, from the rustic decor to the incredible local beers featured. You can select from a number of local and imported beers, but some of the best to try come from right in the heart of Ottawa. It has rib-tickling names like Heller High Water, a tasty lager, and This is Not a Pumpkin Beer, a fabulous strong pale ale. This place is sure to delight.

Brother’s Beer Bistro

If you feel like a cold one in the afternoon, kick back and relax at the Brother’s Beer Bistro. This place has some delicious food and plenty of beer to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. There are plenty of pale ales, lagers, and porters ranging in strengths. Try the Stalwart Space Dragon, the Stone City Grizzles Hipster, or the Nickel Brook Pissed off Pete’s Pumpkin Porter. You can even enjoy a brunch burger. You can’t go wrong with that combination!

Bicycle Craft Brewery

Started by a husband and wife team, the Bicycle Craft Brewery has a ton of amazing brews to offer. There are seasonal brews that will knock you off your feet, barrel aged brews, and some superb mainstays, most of which salute the bicycle. For instance, check out their Velocipede India Pale Ale, named after the original word for bicycle. It has a nice citrusy flavor. If you want something that will really pack a punch, try their Mr. Templeton’s Wee Heavy, a caramel and biscuit scented brew with a Scottish influence. This company frequently hosts festivals and events, and often raises money for charity. So grab a beer and do some social work while you’re at it!

These are just a few of the best craft beer pubs and restaurants where you can have a nice meal or a bite with friends and family. They are the perfect places to celebrate the craft beer craze in Ottawa. Remember to drink responsibly!